Tabletop Ribbon Trees { A Holiday Tutorial }

ribbon trees


I am so excited to share our tabletop ribbon tree tutorial with you today! They are  beautiful and can take you from now, right through the holidays { how great is that! }! The ribbon trees are so versatile, they can be made in any color combination or size you choose.  Today we are showing you the tall, super shiny, and glittery tree in the middle!  

Ribbon Tree Tutorial 

ribbon tree supplies
Supplies Needed:

18″ styrofoam cone
10 yard roll of 2 inch wired ribbon
acorn finial cap and glitter
glue gun and lots of glue sticks!
ribbon Tree cut 3
The first thing that you want to do, is cut your ribbon strips.  I cut mine about two inches long and alternate cuts.  First, I cut straight and then I cut wavy, that way each piece looks similar to this and you don’t have to trim anything.  Just go ahead and do the whole roll.
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Once you get the feeling back in your fingers, you will start gluing on your strips {straight edge on top}.  I like to put a little hot glue on the edge of the cone, just big enough for each piece.  Continue going around until you have the first ring completed.  If you have a smaller opening, just glue it on top of the other ribbons.  Make sure they are all the same height!
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Now you will move on to the next row.  Just start about an inch up and complete the ring just like before.  Continue until you are about 3 inches from the top. {See picture below}… 
ribbon Tree top r glue ribbon Tree top glue
Here you want to go ahead and cover the top.  Dab hot glue on the tip of the cone and place a piece of ribbon on top.  You may want to glue it down on the sides a little, as well. 
ribbon Tree done no topper
Finish gluing the ribbon around from where you left off before and go all the way to the top making sure to match the edge to the top of the cone.  
ribbon Tree fluff
Time to fluff the edges and get this looking like a tree!  I start at the bottom and just pull each piece at the end to flip them up a little.  No exact science here…just make it how you like it! 
ribbon Tree finished
The final step is to glitter your acorn finial and glue it to the top of the tree.  Now you are all done! 

I’ll be back this weekend to show you more examples of these ribbon trees!!  They are so elegant and make such a statement for the holidays!


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Trish Flake

Author/Co-Owner at Uncommon Designs
Hey y'all! I am Trish and one half of the creative team at Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. This is SO adorable! I am really into mini trees right now, so this is perfect! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Love these trees!!! Ive seen a lot of different looks, but I love this the most!!

  3. These are really great!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

  4. Cool. Great variety to the other ribbon trees you see out there. Enjoying your blog.

    Becoming a follower to keep up on your other great ideas.

    If you get a chance sometime you’ll have to stop by my blog.


  5. Found you through Follow me Fridays! Great blog! I look forward to reading through all your awesome posts!


  6. Super pretty! What a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial. Found you via Trendy Treehouse’s Follow Me Friday.

  7. These are great! I might have to make a few of these!

  8. What a neat idea! And they turned out beautifully! I’d love for you to stop by for my Friday Favorites party!

  9. I am sharing this wonderful craft at

  10. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says:
  11. These are so pretty! I love the sparkle!

  12. These are some great looking trees! Ill have to make them soon.. you make them look so easy. Also, I would love for you to share this at my friday link party. Its new so I would love to have you link up :)

  13. Hi, Trish

    I really love what you did with the tree. Its just lovely!


  14. Very cute!! There are so many possibilities for this project!! I’m definitely going to give this a go!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Lisa’s Craft Blog

  15. Great tutorial. These trees are beautiful. Thanks for sharing I found you on craft envy link party. I love those link parties. My recent post ids a giveaway so I wanted to be polite and refrain from linking up to it. I am new and hoping the giveaways help me get some visitors. I am giving away a DIY mosaic mirror kit. I would love for you to come and check it out.

  16. Came by on the Pink Dandy Sunday Hop…
    Following GFC

  17. these trees are just beautiful.
    Would luv for my readers to discover your blog, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting week!

  18. These are so cute. Love them. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  19. love these

    Natasha xx

  20. These are great – I’ve been looking for some simple trees for my booth that are simple and classy, but that don’t take up too much space or can break/tip/etc.

  21. Gorgeous! I’d love for you to link up at Inspire Me Monday!

  22. That is gorgeos and easy barring the numb!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  23. I love this idea! Can’t wait to get started on mine!

  24. They came out so pretty!! New follower. Would love it you would stop by and share this at my linky party :)

    Also, PRETTY PLEASE check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on right now!! Would love to see you be a part of it!

  25. This is so creative and would be great in so many places. I can see them bunched together as a centerpiece. I am a new Twitter and FB follower from The Grant Life. Vicky from Mess For Less

  26. lovely job :) The topper is the perfect finishing touch!

  27. Pretty!! Love the rich colors of the ribbons too! Thanks for the tutorial. Would really love to have you share your trees/tutorial at my Wednesday party!!

  28. Trish I love these trees!

  29. These are beautiful! I love them and they’re perfect for centerpieces. Here from TCB.

  30. These are all gorgeous! I couldn’t even tell it was ribbon. I think it was a great choice to go with sparkly ribbon!

  31. Oh neat, I’ve seen these before but I didn’t realize they were made with ribbon. Visiting from The Creative Spark

  32. Very nice!

  33. This turned out so great! Your step by step in instructions are so helpful too. Thanks for sharing!

  34. These are beautiful, Trish! And what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Very cute, I am definitely ‘stealing’ this idea!!

  36. These are splendid! Thanks SO much for sharing them at the december “Winter Wonderland” linky party over at I Gotta Create! I’m inspired to try it!

  37. Love it, I’ve got serger thread cones that I think would make super cute trees! I’d love it if you linked up at my party at

  38. totally love it!

  39. I really like your blog. I am your newest follower!! I am new to blogger, but am excited to share my New boutique that is coming soon with the latest trends on clothing at affordable prices. I also will be selling Mineral Makeup. I will be giving a lot of free giveaways here shortly for our grand opening! I hope you will stop by my blog and follow me back and like my facebook… And Look out for free giveaways on makeup and clothing :)

    -B. Haven

  40. These are beautiful! Great job!

  41. Thank you for this fabulous tutorial! You did a great job! I would love if you would share with Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party.

  42. Just wanted to let you know that I am going to be featuring this on Monday!

  43. So pretty! Love the topper! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I’ll be featuring these tomorrow!
    Jenn :)

  44. Awesome! Love the sparkle they add to any Christmas decor! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!

  45. These are great! I’m hoping to try this out with some brown kraft paper.

  46. Love this! thanks for linking up!


  47. Hi Trish and Bonnie, your ribbon Christmas trees are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing these. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  48. Featuring YOU tonight over on my blog. You were one of the most viewed links at {wow me} wednesday last week! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope to see ya this week, too! :)

    Ginger @

  49. Hello there, THANKS so much for linking up last week to Pin’Inspirational Thursday’s.. I picked your feature as one of my top five.. Happy to have you stop in and snag a button and hopefully link up again this week.. Wishing you an amazing Thanksgiving day.. xoxo.. M

  50. Thanks for linking up with me! I’m featuring you this week! Come by and grab my featured button if you’d like one!

  51. I love the dimension added by the wired ribbon! Such a clever idea! I linked these to a lineup on my blog of my favorite topiary tree tutorials today. Thanks for inspiring!

  52. Love this idea! I included it on my top 10 list of handmade Christmas . Feel free to stop by and grab a button or link to show that you have been featured!

  53. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday!!
    Hope to see you there again tomorrow!

  54. I think I gasped when I saw these — they are so pretty! I am running over right now to post a link from our StyroCraft Facebook page. (I linked to the Yarn Topiaries yesterday). Thank you! Sharon

  55. Trish-Congrats! Your post was picked by our Bowdabra Designers as one of their favorites from our Crafty Showcase this past week! You are being featured on our blog and shout outs on our Facebook page, twitter and pin on Pinterest! <
    Stop over and say hi! Don’t forget that Saturday-Thur noon our new Crafty Showcase will be running. Besides regular crafts we are also looking for new Birthday ideas!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  56. Francie Workman says:

    Thank you so much for emailing the link for this!!! I love it!!!

  57. Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on my Christmas tree craft collection.
    Please grab a featured button from my side bar when you get a chance. Thanks

  58. These are so pretty! I love the metallic ribbons you used. Sharing!

  59. These are so pretty and blingy! Love ‘em!
    Found you through Sew Many Ways Sew Darn Crafty Party.



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